How 'exergaming' can help people with Parkinson's

A recent article from Medical News Today discusses how exergaming, that is, exercise paired with computer gaming, can be beneficial to those with Parkinson’s.

Researchers from the Department of Neurology at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour at Radboud University Medical Center studied a control group (who did stretching exercises), and a second group (who used stationary bikes at home). The latter group showed a significant improvement in motor ability — comparable with that achieved by several conventional Parkinson’s drugs.

The bike group, who cycled 30–45 minutes three times per week for 6 months, received exercise bikes with screens and games designed to motivate them. It was found that Parkinson’s patients who exercised with bikes had significantly improved their motor ability compared with those who simply stretched.

Further research is needed on the subject to fully understand possible benefits. The findings have been published in The Lancet Neurology.

New research investigates the benefits of an at-home computer game exercising program for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

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